It comes as no surprise that Pope Francis, the people’s pope, has been named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year 2013. In the four-page report released on Wednesday, Time explained the veneration of Pope Francis and why Jorge Mario Bergoglio has earned the coveted accolade as the Person of the Year.
According to Howard Chua-Eon, Time contributor, Pope Francis made history as the first Pontiff from the “new world” and the first from “Latin America”. Pope Francis breathed life and new hope into the Catholic Church, which “needed a huge burst of energy.” The charismatic Pope Francis emulates Jesus and his teachings, embracing the lepers and living a humble life, all which elevated the Pontiff to Time Magazine’s Person of the Year 2013.
Time detailed the work, words, acceptance and openness Pope Francis has exuded in a short amount of time, only nine months, which has renewed the Catholic faith and touched non-Catholics alike.
For changing the way we think about the Church, and seemingly able to sort of shift this 2,000-year-old institution one way, he is Person of the year.
Since the election of Pope Francis as the 266th successor to Saint Peter, countless articles have been written that detailed his good words, good works, fight for the poor and love for all people. But nothing compares to the beautiful artwork and eloquence of the magazine’s piece to describe why Pope Francis has been named Time’s Person of the Year 2013. Pope Francis has brought pride back to the Catholic Church.
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